Recipe #1: Basil Mint Iced Tea
This eco beverage uses herbs that can be grown in your own backyard rather than tea grown on the other side of the globe. So pluck some homegrown mint and basil from your repurposed balcony planters and get started! The caffeine-free tea is light and refreshing — perfect for a sunny June day. Try pairing it with a Superfood Salad.
- 1 cup fresh mint leaves
- 1 cup fresh basil leaves
- 8 cups hot water
- 1/3 cup sweetener of choice (simple sugar syrup, maple syrup, agave, honey, etc.)
Place the fresh mint and basil in a large soup pot, and add the hot water. Allow the leaves to steep for at least 10 minutes. To really release the mint and basil flavors, crush the leaves with the back of a wooden spoon.
Strain out the leaves, and pour into a heat-proof pitcher. Add sweetener.
Allow your tea to cool to room temperature before placing in the fridge to chill for at least 1 hour before serving. If the tea is too strong ...